Alternative High School


BETA BYTES Newsletter February 2020



Two Trips to DCC
Students enrolled in “Participation in Government” class watched a documentary about the political, social, and economic issues facing Puerto Rico before and after Hurricane Maria. The film coincided with Latin American History Month and students were able to discuss issues with the professor and film maker.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Students and Staff decorated pumpkins using a variety of designs and accessories. On October 25th votes will be counted for the most creative, funniest, and scariest.

Volunteers @ Lunch Box
Students volunteer monthly, on the first Friday, at the Lunch Box in Poughkeepsie. Students help with preparing an serving food while earning community service hours. Staff volunteers accompany students.

Mansion Hike and Treat
Students enjoyed being outside in beautiful fall weather on Oct.4 while hiking along the Hudson River paths at the Vanderbilt Mansion.  An appreciation of natures’ beauty accompanied a brisk walk which, concluded with treats at Dairy Queen.

NEW Recreation Room
Students can play foosball, board games, Xbox games, or watch a movie, make crafts, read library books or simply enjoy being with friends.  It is open during lunch periods.  

NEW 3D Printer
Students and Staff now have access to print objects in 3D using a MakerBot Replicator. They create “.stl” files then simply print it.  A few restrictions apply to the object, time, and size.

Teachers Helping Teachers
Students now have a benefit of two teachers in most classes!   We began a program to enhance individual attention by having two certified teachers and many times a teacher’s assistant working together in classrooms.  Consultant teachers add support and will hopefully enhance student learning.


BETA Scheduled Events Calendar


In House Movie (TBD) (level 2): Friday, Jan. 31, 2020

BAKE SALE - February 12 & 13

BINGO (8th period permission required): Fri. Feb. 21, March 7

BAKE SALE - March 16 & 17

BOUNCE Trampoline (level 2): Fri. March 27

BAKE SALE - April 8 & 9

Ice Cream Social (school wide): Thurs. April 30, 7th/8th periods

Walkway Over the Hudson/McDonalds (level 2): Fri. May 1

BAKE SALE - May 7 & 8

Creative Arts Show (school wide): Thur. May 14

Field Day (school wide): Wed. May 20 (rain date May 21)

Lake Compounce Amusement Park (level 3): Thur. June 4

GRADUATION – Friday, June 12, 2020



BAKE SALE - October 30 & 31
Ice Cream Social (school wide): Thurs. Oct. 31, 7th/8th periods
The Bardavon: Grandmaster Flash-Hip Hop: People, Places, and Things - Friday, Nov. 8
BAKE SALE - November 25 & 26
NGC Cinema/ Kingston Movie:  Jumanji- The Next Level (level 3): Friday, December 13
BAKE SALE - December 19 & 20

Alternative High School Publication Archive

BETA BYTES Newsletter November 2019

The Innovator June 2018

The Innovator March 2018

The Innovator June 2017

BETA Bayou February 2017

BETA Bayou December 2016

BETA Bayou November 2016

BETA Bayou Halloween Edition 2016

BETA Bayou Spring 2016